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Illinois could add a fee to the cost of paint that would be used to establish drop-off points for unwanted paint. Photo: Flickr/DBduo Photography
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News from Mary Mazzoni
Under new legislation being debated on state House and Senate floors, Illinois could tack a new fee on the cost of paint to help fund a paint recycling program.

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Recycling Mystery from Mary Mazzoni
Trash is always messy, but what happens when recycling gets downright dangerous? From heavy metals to undetonated explosives, check out the ways Americans are recycling perilous materials into useful new products.

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Marion County, Oregon, Oreg., paint recycling program
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Feature from Patti Roth
Residents from coast to coast are snapping up recycled paint to brighten walls of their houses, barns and offices. The environmental perk of reusing leftover latex is just part of the appeal. In various towns, recycled paint is free. Or, ...

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List from Leah Blunt
With so much of our time spent in the living areas of our home, it’s no surprise that the garage tends to get neglected when it comes to eco-updates. These days there are more ways than ever to green that ...

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Quick Bit from Christina Caldwell
There’s really no way around it. Virtually zero paint retailers offer an option to buy only as much paint as you need. That means, after your room is painted, you’re left with a few pints of paint and nothing to ...

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Cassandra Tondro, Magnificence, 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic paint on canvas
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List from Amanda Wills
Cassandra Tondro uses leftover acrylic latex paint – better known as traditional house paint – to create her artwork. The Los Angeles artist gets her paint from local recycling facilities and the “mistint” paint sections of home improvement stores. She ...

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Quick Bit from Jennifer Giacoppo
Nail polish is a tricky thing – and we’re not talking about a clean paint job on your fingers and toes. Recently, an Earth911 reader, dubbed “Puzzled in Phoenix,” submitted a video question asking our editors what to do with ...

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Sherwin-Williams received a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA for its new paint formulation that reduces air pollution, contains recycled plastic bottles and performs like an oil-based paint.
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News from Alexis Petru
Sherwin-Williams has received an EPA green chemistry award for its paint formulation that contains recycled plastic bottles and produces less air pollution than typical oil-based paints. The new paint combines the performance of alkyd, or oil-based, paints, with acrylic paint’s ...

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EPA contractors pick up a refrigerator in Joplin, Mo., as the clean-up after last month’s devastating tornado continues. Photo: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
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News from Alexis Petru
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set up a special drop-off location in Joplin, Mo., to collect appliances, electronics and household hazardous waste (HHW), as part of its clean-up efforts after the city’s devastating tornado on May 22. The EPA ...

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Feature from Megan Dobransky
Throwing away rechargeable batteries is illegal in some areas. Here’s what you need to know about your local laws and how to recycle those batteries. In December of last year, New York Governor George Paterson signed into law the “New ...

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Recycling Mystery from Megan Dobransky
Patti Toews knows a thing or two about paint. As Program Director for San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, she is at the forefront of an innovative latex paint take-back program that exists only in her county. “Latex ...

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